Perception of online newspapers on the coverage of domestic violence in Malaysia / Salmi Razali … [et al.]

Razali, Salmi and Abd Razak, Siti Nur Fasihah and Abd Halim, Nur Aqilah and Mohd Anwar, Fatin Aqilah and Abd Jalil, Nabila and Ahmad, Shafiqah Baizurat and Saim, Nur Izzati and Wan Deraman, Wan Nur Athirah and Sood, Mini (2018) Perception of online newspapers on the coverage of domestic violence in Malaysia / Salmi Razali … [et al.]. Journal of Media and Information Warfare (JMIW), 11 (2). pp. 19-45. ISSN 1985-563X


Domestic violence is a major public issue in Malaysia. Local empirical studies and official records provide limited information about number of cases, methods, risks and preventive measures of domestic violence, further; little is known of how media describes this violent act in this country. This study aimed to investigate the perception of media and what we can learn from local online newspapers coverage of domestic violence in Malaysia. Data were gathered from the online archives (June 2003 until July 2017) of 8 local online newspapers. Thematic and content analysis were carried out. A total of 124 articles and 47 photos that met the selection criteria were retrieved and analysed. The searched articles described information informed from predominantly secondary sources of information with minimal accounts of the survivors of domestic violence. The predominant themes highlighted in the newspaper articles were i) number of violence; ii) types of abuse; iii) possible factors contributing to domestic violence; v) reasons for staying; and vi) legal matters related to domestic violence. Media has provided beneficial information on domestic violence, but often brief and lacked details about the issues presented. Further enhancement needed including providing more information oneconomic and social abuses, discussion on domestic violence against elder and incapacitated people and detail descriptions of procedures for accessing services and help-seeking methods. Stories of domestic violence should be presented in a more comprehensive manner to enhance awareness of the public, increase support system, improve policy and ultimately end this violent behaviour.


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Razali, Salmi
Abd Razak, Siti Nur Fasihah
Abd Halim, Nur Aqilah
Mohd Anwar, Fatin Aqilah
Abd Jalil, Nabila
Ahmad, Shafiqah Baizurat
Saim, Nur Izzati
Wan Deraman, Wan Nur Athirah
Sood, Mini
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > Journalism. The periodical press, etc. Press
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Communication and Media Studies > Centre for Media and Information Warfare Studies (CMIWS)
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Media and Information Warfare (JMIW)
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Journal of Media and Information Warfare (JMIW)
ISSN: 1985-563X
Volume: 11
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 19-45
Keywords: Media, Online newspapers, Domestic violence, Violence against women, Malaysia
Date: 2018
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